Selection criteria

Focus on self-sustaining programmes

It is important to us that a good match between the Foundation and a potential partner organisation is found. The programmes we support must contribute to our commitment to help people reach their full potential through self-sustaining solutions. We will therefore favour programmes that encourage full ownership and gradual self-sufficiency of beneficiaries.

Focus on impact and reporting

The Foundation makes grants, not donations. Grants are attached to a programme with expected results and clear processes. There are reporting obligations attached to the release of the grant instalments over the grant period. What we care about ultimately is results and real, meaningful impact. We strive to measure that impact as well and as frequently as possible.

Please email your application containing the following documents - in English

  • Short summary of your project (please fill in this form)
  • Cover letter explaining why you are calling on the Foundation's financial support and how you think the project can connect with our office people
  • The statutes of your organisation

Please do not send materials exceeding the above requirements. If the proposal is in line with our criteria and priorities, we will follow up and ask for further information in due course. Please note that if you do not hear from us within 4 weeks, you may consider that your application has unfortunately not been successful.

Selection Process

All projects proposals are first screened by the Foundation’s executive team. Proposals having successfully passed this initial screening are formally reviewed by the Board. The Board takes into account the relevance of the project with respect to our objectives, our three areas of focus, and our geographical and thematic priorities. Upon a positive outcome, the Foundation gets in touch with the successful applicant to work out grant practicalities.

Please note:

The Trafigura Foundation does not fund the following type of projects:

  • Programmes or relief activities in countries where there is no Trafigura presence (see
  • Academic research
  • Individual requests for scholarship or financial support
  • Projects presented through a third party, such as fundraising or marketing service-providers
  • General fundraising events
  • Sports events, charity balls or galas
  • Projects pursuing religious or political objectives
  • Projects which do not fit under one of our key areas of focus: sustainable development, education & integration and health